Jessica S. August 22, 2018
The San Francisco Shock have announced the release of three players from their roster.
The players released include tank David “Nomy” Ramirez, support Daniel “dhaK” Martínez Paz, and DPS André “iddqd” Dahlström.
The Shock had a fairly disappointing first season, finishing in ninth place overall. A full five games separated them from eighth place side Seoul Dynasty.
Although fan reactions on Twitter include crying gifs and general well wishes for the departing players, the thrio didn’t get much time on the stage. Nomy played only until Matthew “Super” DeLisi turned 18 and took his place, Grant “moth” Espe took over dahK’s main support role in early March, and iddqd played only one game all season long.
While the Shock clarified that the players were let go early enough to allow them to negotiate with other Overwatch League teams, they also said that any of the three were welcome to stay on the Shock’s stream team. On August 1, the trade window opened for teams to negotiate with their own contracted players, either extending their contracts or trading them to other League organizations.
The announcement comes shortly before the September 9 free agent signing period. The early release of Nomy, iddqd, and dahK allows other Overwatch League teams to scout the players ahead of that date.
With only a few days left until the signing period for free agents, there is speculation that this is only the beginning of many similar announcements to come from other Overwatch League teams.